The entire family can visit the same dentist, which results in time saved and more personalized care. Most family dentists have some training working with children, unlike general dentists. Family dentists are intended to help address the oral health of both adults and children, at every stage of life, but particularly kids and teenagers.
These professionals understand the different dental needs kids have, and they are trained to provide an approach to dentistry that is gentle and caring for these special patients.
In general terms, family dentists focus on general and preventative dentistry. Depending on the patient, some may also offer services like oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, or orthodontia, to name a few.
Let’s take a look at the most common services family dentists provide:
Regular Cleanings and Exams
Patients of all ages should have regular teeth cleanings and exams every 6 months. This is essential for catching oral issues in time, such as tooth decay or gingivitis.
These checkups ensure that your kid’s teeth are developing properly.
Cavity Checks and Fillings
Cavities are the most common, and preventable, childhood health condition. A family dentist specializes in identifying and filling cavities.
Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants
Tooth decay is very common in children and fluoride treatments and dental sealants are both great ways to prevent it.
Most family dentists offer orthodontic exams. However, not all of them offer in-house orthodontic treatment. They can refer you to another specialist.
Gum Disease Treatment
Most family dentists use procedures such as periodontal maintenance and scaling, root planing, antibiotics, and gum flap surgery to treat patients who are suffering from gum disease.
Most family dentists also offer additional services, including general dental care, tooth restorations, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, fluoride treatment, sedation dentistry, and more.
Contact us today